A time for thanks: green-light report from LPVAS

To the editor:

At Thanksgiving time, Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service would like to express appreciation to the community for its support in 2017, and for 40 YEARS!

First we appreciate the quality service of our volunteer and paid staff who have responded to more than 1,000 calls already this year. Again we will be over 1,000 calls. LPVAS appreciates the financial donations from individuals and businesses to our annual fund, Ice Out Benefit and supporting our annual Christmas tree sale held at our old garage 388 Mill Pond Drive. We would also like to acknowledge Memorial Donations, the Kingsley Foundation, town of North Elba and especially the Uihlein Foundation.

Acknowledgement of gifts in kind go to LPVAS Medical Director Dr. Michael Pond, Doug Hoffman and staff, John Huntlinger, the Lake Placid police, fire, highway, electric and water departments, North Elba Highway Department, Ginny Haselton, our faithful ice meisters, families who choose LPVAS for memorial gifts, and mutual-aid support from Saranac Lake, Keene and Wilmington ambulance squads.

Each year we continue with skills nights, refresher courses and training to keep our members current with EMS procedures. We provide standbys at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Olympic Regional Development Authority World Cup events, fire department activities, service groups’ functions and Lake Placid school events, and we participate in the village parades. New members who wish to serve their community are most welcome.

Many thanks go to Jody Agee, EMT-CC, who has served us for about 10 years and has moved from the area. We are hiring two new EMTs so serve you.

Congratulations go to three members passing their EMT-Critical Care exam: Heather Borachok, Missie Furnia and Elizabeth Izzo.

The new building: Transferring water, sewer and electric connections from the old garage building has begun as well as tearing down the old garage interior. This is needed before the demolition of the old garage and new facing for the north side of the building is done, hopefully this coming spring.

We invite you to check out the quality Christmas trees and greens the Downes Family Tree Farm provides us for sale between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All our benefits for this year’s Christmas Tree Sale, Annual Fund and Ice Out Benefit will go toward funding of a new new ambulance, replacing a nine-year-old one.

Please remember to put numbers by your homes and places of business so that we can find you easily.

With thanks, and here’s to a safe winter ahead,

Judy Shea for the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service

Lake Placid

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